SUNNYSIDE — It’s September, so it is time for Sunnyside’s 51st Annual Sunshine Days, coming up Sept. 13-14.
Besides a parade, an early morning pancake feed, the two-day event is the final weekend for Sunnyside Farmers’ Market and Food Truck Park at Centennial Square.
Before heading out to stake a shady spot for the parade, drop in at the Firemen’s annual pancake feed from 7 to 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 14, at the station house on Eighth Street.
The Grand Parade begins at 11 a.m. at Sunnyside High School and will travel west on East Edison Avenue to Zillah Drive, and ends at Homer Street.
The market and truck park open at 11 a.m. runs until 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday.
On Saturday night, community members and supporters will gather at Sunnyside High School auditorium to find out who will be the next Miss Sunnyside and court.
Parade applications are now online at the “…city’s cometothesun.com website,” Sunshine Days Parade spokesperson Rebecca Barrios announced. Copies may also be found at the Sunnyside Sun, 600 S. Sixth Street.
The grand parade entries will line up along Edison Avenue off Sunnyside High School and along South 16th Street beginning at 8 a.m. Judging will begin at 9:15 a.m., Barrios added.
Community floats, horses, car, bikes, marching units, bands, novelty entries as well as political candidates, commercial and organization entries are welcome, Barrios said.
The market and park, which has been staged every Friday evening since July, will close for the season with vendors, crafters, games and musical performances, all organized by the Destination Sunnyside.
“We have had a great summer and the community’s response to the event has exceeded our expectations,” market spokesperson Natalie Copeland said.
The parade route will follow East Edison Avenue from the high school through downtown and the reviewing stand at the Centennial Square, at the intersection of East Edison and South Sixth Street. The parade continues past Zillah Drive, North First Street, ending at Homer Street.
Miss Sunnyside Pageant
The annual Miss Sunnyside Pageant at the Sunnyside High School auditorium, 1808 E. Edison Ave., will be the backdrop for the six local young women vying for the Miss Sunnyside crown, said Sunshine Days spokesperson Diane Blumer.
Miss Sunnyside candidates this year are: Rocio Cisneros, Kaydience Porter, MacKenzi Evans, Abigael Marquez, Hellen Palma and Kendra Gardner.
“Doors open at 6:15 p.m. with the pageant to begin at 7 p.m.,” Blumer said.
Tickets are on sale at the Sunnyside Farmers’ Market at the Centennial Square, from 4-6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6 by the candidates.